Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Katipo spider

Latrodectus katipo (Powell)

Order: Araneae
Family: Theridiidae

Size range

  • Small to medium–sized spider. Body length about 8 mm


  • Katipo is a New Zealand native, closely related to the Australian Redback
  • North and South Island

Life History

  • Found only near the seashore, under drift wood or associated with coastal grasses
  • Makes a small sticky web to snare beetles and other crawling insects
  • Bite is poisonous. Antidote is available at hospitals